Walk through colour, light and music as festival returns to Budleigh

EDN adColour, light and music will come together on The Green in Budleigh Salterton this summer for a first-ever festival event.

Budleigh Music Festival has announced Colourscape – an interactive, family-friendly, walk-through labyrinth of colour, light and music.

The festival will be held in the town from July 9-17, promising a week-long programme of live music.

Concerts will be limited in capacity this year. The organsiers said live performances are in a ‘more intimate setting than ever before’ with daily sittings at 5pm and 8pm.

Jason Thornton, artistic director for the festival, said: “2021 is a really important and special time for Budleigh and the festival as we celebrate the return of live music, smiles, laughter and shared experiences.

“I’m so proud of everybody who is working so hard to produce this year’s festival, particularly during some very unsure and challenging times.

“After all the gloom we are incredibly excited to create a festival in magical technicolour with a unique selection of events that I hope will make audiences smile, laugh, cry, and reflect on everything we have collectively been through.”

He added: “I’m delighted to welcome the amazing Colourscape – Budleigh Music Festival’s first outdoor event on The Green.

“I really recommend a wander through their unique magical structures to experience an effervescent spectrum of colour accompanied by amazing music.”

Closing this year’s festival is Sir Willard White, billed by event organisers as ‘one of the world’s greatest living baritones’, and performing in Budleigh for the first time ‘for two intimate recitals of international merit’.

Sir Willard will perform arias from his greatest roles alongside songs from the shows and ‘a few surprises’.

New performers for 2021 are violinist Coco Tomita, and international pianist, Peter Donohoe

Returning to the music festival is saxophonist, Jess Gillam, headlining with her own ensemble band.

And the festival is introducing for the first time Colourscape – an interactive walk-through labyrinth of colour, light and music.

Held on The Green, this family-friendly experience brings a new element to the festival, ‘offering visitors the chance to walk into a new world of radiating colour filled with music and dance’.

  • For more information about the festival and tickets, see here.

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